Tumeric is a plant that provides various health benefits due to its active components called curcuminoids. Research shows that curcuminoids help reduce the risk of having a heart attack by improving the circulatory system’s ability to regulate blood clotting and blood pressure . Curcuminoids are also able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, where they protect brain cells from oxidative damage, inflammation, and protein buildup (amyloid plaques) that is linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease [2, 3]. Furthermore, ample research has been conducted on turmeric’s primary curcuminoid called curcumin.
This particular nutrient has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to disrupt various stages of inflammation [4-6]. More specifically, curcumin hinders the activity of inflammatory proteins that can travel into the body’s cells and activate genes that trigger inflammation [7, 8]. Furthermore, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties are so strong that it dramatically improves processes in the body assist in the prevention of cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, metabolic, neoplastic, autoimmune, and pulmonary diseases [9-13].
In addition, curcumin has the capacity to target free radicals (toxins) and it also enhances the activity of antioxidant enzymes the body naturally produces [14-18]. Curcumin further boosts brain health by enhancing the production of a growth hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that plays a role in the formation of neurons in the brain and new neuronal connections [19, 20]. By boosting the levels of BDNF, curcumin heightens mental function (e.g. concentration, memory) and the body’s ability to reverse or delay age-related cognitive impairments as well as different types of brain diseases [21, 22].
Additionally, curcumin demonstrates anti-cancer properties through its capacity to hinder the growth, development, and metastasis (spread) of cancer cells [23, 24]. More specifically, it disrupts the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, thereby hindering metastasis and promoting the death of cancer cells, especially cancerous cells in the colon [25-27]. Research also shows that curcumin can reduce the number of precancerous lesions that can potentially differentiate into cancerous tumors . This means curcumin improves bodily processes that prevent the onset or progression of various diseases, including those that are age-related [28-30].
Curcumin is safely and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, but according to research, combining it with Bioperine improves its absorption by approximately 2000% . Bioperine, which is also known as piperine, is an extract from black pepper that is well known for its ability to dramatically enhance the body’s absorption of other nutrients . However, this potent mineral also targets joint and muscle pain as well as bronchitis, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease through its ability to disrupt inflammatory and plaque-forming processes [32-38].
In addition to these benefits, Bioperine is frequently combined with other vitamins, herbs, and minerals because it safely increases the bioavailability of essential nutrients [31, 34]. For instance, consuming Bioperine regularly enhances the levels of selenium, B vitamins, and vitamin C that the body extracts from food . It also boosts metabolism by improving nutrient absorption in the digestive tract and the bloodstream . Therefore, the combination of Bioperine and the curcuminoids in turmeric can dramatically improve overall health when they are taken regularly.
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